Filo: It's not surprising that the only place in Dallas you can hear Latino rock and dance on a bilingual show is KNON-FM 89.3, because KNON is the only place in Dallas you can hear a lot of things. Sin Fronteras producer-host Jesus Chairez and KNON are gearing up for what they call "A Post Modern Pre-Columbian Noche Caliente," a benefit performance to ensure that Dallasites continue to hear the radio station's eclectic but embattled program. Latino rock purveyors Filo join forces with DJ Adan Fuentes S., former disc spinner in the Aztec capital of Mexico City turned Dallas platterman. The performance kicks off at the Zone Club, 1911 N Griffin St. Tickets are $5-$8. Call (214) 220-2883.
ArtFest '97: As the Texas spring moves ever closer to June and with it a changeover to summer, the temperatures outside go from that pleasant roasty sensation on your bare arms and legs to the mandatory temperature required by the health department to thoroughly cook beef in restaurants. All those outdoor arts festivals begin to feel like rotisseries. Luckily, the organizers of ArtFest '97 are cognizant of this, and have switched many of their activities to indoor, air-conditioned facilities. All kinds of performing, visual, and craft artists are featured at this three-day roundup designed for family consumption. Events happen the night of May 23 and continue May 24 and 25 all day and night in and around the Esplanade at Fair Park. Tickets are $6. Call (214) 361-2011.
Ghosts of the Swamp: You should know before you attend the new Fort Worth Zoo exhibit "Ghosts of the Swamp" that the show deflates a bit of sacred human folklore: Those weren't the spirits of dead humans drunk swamp-dwellers saw shimmering in the darkness of the marsh, but albino or leucistic alligators, turtles, frogs, and snakes. Lest you offend any pale-bodied amphibian, you should also know there's a difference between "albino"--a lack of black pigment cells resulting in yellow or off-white skin--and "leucistic"--a total lack of pigment cells except for the eyes. "Ghosts of the Swamps" runs through July 31 at the Fort Worth Zoo, 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth. Tickets are $3-$7. Call (817) 871-7050.
Critic's Choice: Every year for its "Critic's Choice" show, the Dallas Visual Art Center enlists the aid of Texans whose expertise in the field of visual art has made them high-profile on the national scene. For the 1997 "Critic's Choice," Art in America and former Dallas Observer critic Charles Dee Mitchell picks through the stacks with Suzanne Weaver, assistant curator of contemporary art for the Dallas Museum of Art. Mitchell and Weaver had a big job this year, as a record-breaking 858 works were submitted by artists from all over the state. A variety of examples from each medium were selected. Reception for "1997 Critic's Choice" happens May 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and runs through July 3 at the Dallas Visual Art Center, 2917 Swiss Ave. Call (214) 821-2522.
Encore! In addition to the occasional acting stint with Theatre Three, Terry Dobson is responsible for directing, arranging, and sometimes performing the music for that company's strongest asset--its musical productions. Dobson also serves as musical director for the Turtle Creek Chorale's Encore!, a by-audition-only ensemble of young men with songs in their hearts and the pipes to unleash them. New Theatre Company and Theatre Three director Bruce Coleman lends his backstage talents to this one-performance-only revue of comedy cabaret, Broadway tunes, and big-band ditties that feature non-Encore! members Shelley Clayton, Amy Mills, and Sally Soldo. The event happens at 8 p.m. at Theatre Three in the Quadrangle on Routh St. Tickets are $10. Call (214) 871-3300.